The Book of Ruth for Shavuot

The Book of Ruth for ShavuotTHE JEWISH HOLIDAY of Shavuot commemorates the receiving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai.

It is traditional on Shavuot to read the Book of Ruth. Why? According to writer Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs, there are a couple reasons why the Book of Ruth is read on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot

In his article, "The Book of Ruth: A Special Reading for Shavuot," Isaacs writes, "Ruth's coming to Israel took place around the time of Shavuot, and her acceptance into the Jewish faith was analogous of the acceptance of the Jewish people of God's Torah."

As writer Lisa Samick states in her article, “Shavuot Values for Preschoolers,” the Book of Ruth gives us a “phenomenal and beautiful opportunity to talk to our children about how we treat others.”

A good way to spark those meaningful conversations is to read PJ Library books with relevant themes. To help, we’ve compiled a couple lists that may be useful:

  • Tzedakah (Charity/Righteousness)
    The PJ Library books listed on this page exemplify themes associated with the Jewish value of tzedakah (righteousness, fairness, or justice).

The video below offers a children’s read-aloud of the Book of Ruth. It also includes the “Na Na Naomi” sing-along song. We hope you and your family enjoy it!

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